The Raeyan Sector, also known as Sector 349, is an incredibly varied region of space, boasting a plethora of habitable planets, species, stellar phenomena and a transwarp gate to the Round Table region of the Delta Quadrant. It was the area of operations for Task Force 58 from its discovery in 2372 until early 2386 when Starfleet withdrew a majority of its assets from the region, leaving only a fringe set of assets behind to support existing colonies and protect the transwarp gate that allows Task Force 38 access to the Delta Quadrant. However, with increasing hostilities between the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Star Empire following the Hobus Incident, it’s importance has now returned and, following the Treaty of Nelvana, the Raeyan Sector is now part of Task Force 93’s area of operations.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable Locations
- 2.1 Systems
- 2.2 Colonies
- 2.3 Non-aligned Colonies
- 2.4 Stellar Phenomena
The Raeyan Sector is one of the oldest areas of operations for the Fourth Fleet. Situated between four major powers, it is a busy trade region, and, given it’s separation from the core territories of the United Federation of Planets, activity within the region required vast infrastructure development as a self-sustaining region for operations, colonies, trading, mining, exploration and discovery. The Raeyan Sector
While the history of the sector and it's native inhabitants can go back for centuries, Federation involvement began in 2372. The Fourth Fleet was a year into its operations when a portal was found linking the Alpha Quadrant to an unexplored and unclaimed region of the Beta Quadrant beyond the Klingon and Romulan empires. The region gained its name when Starfleet made first contact with the warp-capable Raeyans and, soon thereafter, the area around Raeya became a hub of activity, eventually hosting the original Starbase Bravo, as well as numerous other facilities such as Avalon Fleet Yards and Hawkeye Island.
Expansion of the sector soared throughout the 2370’s, and the Fourth Fleet established Task Force 58 to manage Raeyan Sector operations. The Federation brokered trade deals, made numerous first contacts, established colonies, and developed self-sustaining infrastructure. However, it was not all smooth sailing. In 2378, war broke out with the C'hakilian Empire, an expansionist interstellar power bordering the sector. The C’hakilian Empire managed to overtake Starfleet and occupy the region for over a year before a joint Starfleet-Klingon task force drove the C’hakilians back behind their borders and drew out a truce. Fragile peace was again threatened in 2380, when a rogue military faction within the C’hakilian Empire again attacked the Federation before being repulsed. Soon thereafter, a C’hakilian exploratory team was exposed to a virus that began to spread throughout the populace, and the C’hakilians retreated into a period of isolation that has persisted ever since.
Life continued within the region for a number of years following, but with the region charted and more pressing concerns on the horizon, Task Force 58 was dissolved in early 2386 and the majority of its assets reassigned elsewhere. Only a skeleton contingent was left behind to protect and support the few remaining Federation colonies and the transwarp gate to the Round Table in the Delta Quadrant.
Surrounded by the Romulan Star Empire, the Klingon Empire, the C'hakilian Empire and the Krazzle Republic, some skeptics worried that this move might lead to another power struggle for the region. Such worries did not come to pass. The Federation was bettering ties with the Romulan and Klingon Empires, the C’hakilians had withdrawn behind their borders to deal with a virus afflicting their populate, and the Krazzle were engaged in an internal political shift from empire to republic; consequently, the Federation colonies in the region were unthreatened and Starfleet took for granted the minimal effort it took to maintain the region's few remaining facilities.
However, when the Hobus star went hypernova in April 2387, it damaged the subspace portal to the Raeyan Sector. With Task Force 93 operating inside of Romulan territory to support the fragile Empire, this development was only a passing concern given the open borders of the Empire; however, when the tides of Romulan politics turned against the Federation following the Algorab Summit, the Raeyan Sector was catapulted back to the forefront of concerns as fears developed that it could be completely cut off from the rest of the Federation.
In negotiating the Treaty of Nelvana that closed the Romulan borders, transit to the Raeyan Sector was a key topic. A compromise was made that ceded a five light year wide corridor of space along the Klingon-Romulan border to the Federation, in exchange for Starfleet's assistance maintaining a buffer zone against Klingon aggression. In addition to administering this new Raeyan Transit Corridor, Task Force 93 has now also been assigned the daunting task of resuscitating the Raeyan Sector, as it’s importance has now returned with renewed concerns abound regarding both the Romulan Star Empire and the Klingon Empire.
Full of various species, colonies, bases, and phenomenon, the Raeyan Sector was a scientific center for the Federation for years. While activity in the region greatly diminished in 2386, there are still a number of notable species and landmarks in the region.
The star system was once the heart of Starfleet activity of the sector, home to several starbases, research facilities, and even a shipyard. Conflict is no stranger to the Raeyan system, even conquered at one point during war with the C'hakilian Empire. While the sector is only a shadow of its former activity, the Raeyan system is still the focal point of Federation forces in the area.
Raeya III is a lush M-class world with a native humanoid species, the Raeyans, who were the first species to make contact with the Federation in sector. Even since the departure of the majority of Federation assets, the Raeyans have maintained their status as a Federation protectorate, although relations have grown increasingly tense.
One of the few remaining major bases in the sector following Starfleet’s withdrawal in early 2386, and the only remaining base in the Raeyan system, Hawkeye Island is a planetary base on Raeya III. Hawkeye has seen many changes in roles from an academy campus to a central marine force to a command facility. Hawkeye is currently the only operational drydock facility in the sector, and it serves as the base of operations for all Federation forces left in the Raeyan Sector.
A crime ridden and corrupt planet with an overpopulation problem, Sinela IV is home to the Sinelans. While the Federation recognizes the Council of Elders as the official government on the planet, the Council's sway over the people is minimal. Sinela was formerly a Federation protectorate, but it dropped this status in early 2386 following the withdrawal of Federation assets.
The Union system is home to nine planets and a G-type star. Many of the planets and moons in the system are notable for their high concentration of dilithium ore, and it was once home to an Iconian Gateway to the Delta Quadrant. Because of its strategic importance before this gateway was destroyed, it was the site of numerous conflicts including the Battle of Union.
The former location of an Iconian Gateway to the Delta Quadrant, Union III was once home to a thriving colony. However, with the destruction of the Union Gateway, interest in the system as diminished. Only a small mining and archaeology colony remains on Union III to exploit the dilithium-rich moons and explore Iconian ruins on the surface.
The Union Gateway was an ancient Iconian Gateway. Originally, it was linked to the F'hoca Gateway, prior to it's destruction, and more recently it was linked to the Solaria Gateway. Up until the establishment of the Federation transwarp network, it was the only method of transportation for Task Force 38 to reach the Delta Quadrant, first the Old Theatre when it was linked to the F'hoca Gateway and then The Round Table when it was linked to the Solaria Gateway. In 2387, the Gateway was destroyed, replaced by a gate in the Federation transwarp network.
Formerly a hub of activity in the region, Starbase 911 was mothballed in 2384, falling into a state of disrepair as emphasis shifted elsewhere in the Raeyan Sector. A skeleton crew remained in place to 'keep the lights on', but the degradation of the facility continued apace. Eventually, large sections of the station were overrun by vagrants and refugees from Union III, a problem that came to a head in early 2386 with the withdrawal of Federation assets from the Raeyan sector. Following a failed attempt to clean up the station in mid 2386, it was decided in early 2386 that the base would be destroyed. This decision was made given the fact that its strategic importance had diminished and to avoid its defensive technologies from falling into the wrong hands since Starfleet did not have adequate assets in the sector to maintain it.
The Trinity System is an unstable binary star system located in the Raeyan Sector. Computer models of the current gravitational interaction between orbital bodies located in the system suggest that it was once a trinary star system containing a now-ejected dwarf star and three additional inner planets that were pulled away with it. The cause of the gravitational instability is not open to useful speculation. Regardless, it is clear that in a relatively short time, there will be no orbiting planets remaining.
Trinity IV, a harsh, mostly-desert M-Class world, was once home to Trinity Station, but, given instabilities in the system and a reduction of Federation assets in 2386, the aging Regulus class starbase has since been mothballed. The sole remaining presence in the Trinity system is a team of researchers on Trinity IV studying rare and highly adaptive wildlife and ancient ruins scattered across the planet’s surface.
Trinity Station was a Regulus class starbase constructed in orbit of Trinity IV. Up until 2386, it served to complement the diplomatic and military capabilities of the main Starfleet garrison in the Raeya system. It has since been mothballed.
Karr Colony is a small but lush M-class planet with high humidity. This made it an ideal colony for Bolians. Technically outside of the Federation's jurisdiction, the government of Karr elected to remain independent from the Federation, choosing instead to be self-sustaining in a neutral region of space between the Federation, the C’hakilians and the Krazzle. The population is currently around four hundred thousand, predominantly Bolians with a few Humans.
A hot, dry and rather inhospitable world, the [[[ma:Class_M|M-class]] world of Rumlla V was terraformed some to be able to support life. Once a Vulcan colony, when Starfleet withdrew in early 2386, the majority of the Vulcan populace made the logical decision to depart as well. The majority of the colony has since fallen into complete disarray, a small portion, along with an orbiting refining outpost, still maintained by a mining cooperative interested in exploiting large dilithium deposits buried just beneath the surface.
With high concentrations of ice and very low temperatures, the P-class Canopus VII was found a well-suited counterpart to Andoria. Canopus thus became a large Andorian colony, and, in 2386, it had a population of just under one million. The ice has high concentrations of very pure deuterium, making Canpous, along with Rumlla, a key energy producer in the sector. A small Regula class base once orbited Canopus VII, but it was mothballed and destroyed when the Federation withdrew in 2386.
Once home to a secret Klingon base, Niveq II is an arid M-class world that is currently home only to a pre-warp culture of desert dwellers in a northern region.
- Karr - Bolian colony, independent from Federation
- Niveq - Former Klingon base, inhabited by pre-warp culture of desert dwellers
- Rumlla - Former Vulcan colony, now maintained by independent mining collective
- Sinela - Former protectorate, withdrawn in early 2386
- Union III - Former colony, now maintained by a small archaeology and mining team
Home to several phenomena, the Raeyan sector has some interesting and notable anomalies and navigational hazards.
Fourth of July Nebula
A large nebula that interferes with all known sensor systems. It was named after the independence day of an ancient Earth nation, the United States of America, due to the red, white, and blue color scheme. Several star systems have managed to form inside the nebula, and has been a hiding place for pirates and other hostile forces in the past.
A region of space north of Faltan, Trinity, and Niveq, the Raeyan badlands are similar to the Alpha Quadrant badlands, containing plasma storms and relatively large gravitational anomalies. However, the Raeyan Sector badlands aren't nearly as dense or as volatile as the badlands bordering the Cardassian Union, although most ships still avoid them.